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Fingerprint FAQs

Below is a list of answers to questions that we are commonly asked.

Q: My school district required that I be fingerprinted, does that satisfy this requirement?

A: No, some school districts fingerprint you in addition to the requirement for CDE. You must be fingerprinted specifically for CDE for the Educator Licensing Act.

Q: My fingerprints are on file in another state, will those satisfy this requirement?

A: No, you must be fingerprinted specifically for CDE for the Educator Licensing Act.

Q: Can I use my fingerprints that were taken for my district, out-of-state, or for any other reason?

A: No, fingerprints are not transferable, as each entity is permitted to require and receive a background check under different statutes. Prints must be taken specifically for CDE for the Educator Licensing Act.

Q: Where can I get fingerprint cards?

A: Fingerprint cards are not necessary if you have selected one of the options on the previous page. If you use a hard-copy fingerprint card, you will still need to select the most appropriate options from the previous page and mail that card, along with the card conversion fee, to the card conversion center. However, cards can be purchased on Amazon.com or by contacting the supplier found at the bottom of CBI's webpage, found here.

Q: Where do I send my completed fingerprints along with the required fingerprint fee?

 A: This transaction must occur through the CBI approved fingerprint vendor.

Q: Can I send my fingerprints directly to the FBI and pay the $19.00 fee as long as I mark CDE as the recipient of the information?

A. No, this would be a violation of state statute. Click the most appropriate option from the previous page and follow the instructions.

Q: Do I have to wait for my fingerprint results before I can apply?

A: No, you do not have to wait. You can apply as soon as you have had your prints taken by a CBI approved vendor by clicking one of the options on the previous page. We will process your application once we receive your results.